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gardenThe garden as seen over the head of the David Austin rose Gertrude Jekyll

Although I’m a big fan of antique Bourbon roses…

I make an exception for this and Cressida below…

Garden

also from David Austin’s English Rose collection

of modern roses with old rose characteristics…

Spring 2011

Behind the dianthus to the right…tightly budded peonies…

the count down continues ’till those tight balls unfurl…

Garden "pinks"

Another dianthus…

also knows as “pinks”…not for the color

but for the pinking sheared edges…

From the carnation family…sweetly scented…
Spring garden

Scabiosa Fama Blue

the “Pincushion” flower…

Absolutely love this perennial…

most beautiful watercolor paint blue…

more here
Spring garden 2011

Always attracted to roses with a sweep of secondary color…

the color of whipped cream swirled with raspberry…

Frau Karl Drushki…a Hybrid Perpetual classified rose from 1901

Spring garden 2011

The color story here is lavender blues and silver…

A blue clematis is shyly hiding behind the lambs ears

but will crawl up the trellis before summer…

backed by a huge Sombreuil tea noisette rose c. 1850

garden

Foxgloves following the poppies..

self seeding gifts to the gardener…
Spring garden

In the midst of all the careful planning…

the roses, peonies, boxwood, iris, nepata, geranium, dianthus, cypress…

free-wheeling poppies, foxglove, erigeron (Santa Barbara daisy) add

lovely surprises and fill out the garden beds…

To be continued…